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mitch179

I think I broke it - twisted forks?

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Today I was out enjoying my 450 and got way over confident having just got new tyres and starting to get used to riding on the dirt and I had a pretty decent off!

Now the tyre points to the left when you have the bars straight! I'm guessing the forks are twisted? What's the best way to fix this?

Also I blew the fork seal in the left fork in the process, should I be concerned about that any further than just rebuilding the fork? How hard is it to rebuild the forks in these and do I need a specialist tool? I would like to DIY as I like to work on the bike myself.

I was pretty upset as it ruined my days riding. It's all on video so when I upload it off my gopro i'll post it so you can all laugh at my noobery.

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What year 450 is it? You might want to loosen the triple clamps and straighten out the forks and make sure its not some thing serious. To change the fork seals you will need a seal driver, 7/8 wrench for the axel nut, a 10mm socket, a 12mm socket, a 8mm socket, a 19mm wrench, I dont remember if the nut on the rod is 17mm or 15mm, fork oil adjusting tool (If the bike is 06 on you will need a 49mm wrench to loosen the fork cap)

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Thanks for the info, It's an 09. I hope it's nothing too serious it wasn't really a big crash, I'm sure people have had much worse and done less damage :/

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Thanks for the info, It's an 09. I hope it's nothing too serious it wasn't really a big crash, I'm sure people have had much worse and done less damage :/

Loosen up all the bolts in your tripple clamp, then your front axle nuts and it will all straighten out, unless your bars are bent. I have had some nasty crashes and the front look mangled but just loosened it all up and she straigtened herself out

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